The Point Arena Lighthouse stands as an iconic figure on the landscape of the American Pacific Coast. No other lighthouse offers such a fully interactive experience in the exchange between history, science and natural beauty. Sometimes brilliantly sunny, other times fog-shrouded and mysterious, always ruggedly beautiful, the lighthouse is a place to find something different, a place where the romance is real and the experience is profound. Surrounded by water on three sides, and shouldered adjacent to the Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument, the Point Arena Lighthouse is the premiere visitor destination in Mendocino County. It is also one of the best whale watching spots on the North Coast, with the annual Gray Whale migration from late November through May, Humpbacks throughout the year, the occasional pod of transient Killer Whales and even Blue Whales. Watch for the spouts, tails and breaches from the top of the Tower and from the trails and gazebo. With nightly lodging and tours of the lighthouse offered daily, what will you discover on your next visit?
Our Mission Statement
To maintain in perpetuity, the historic Point Arena Light Station – including the 23 coastal acres it encompasses, its 115 ft. Lighthouse Tower and its 1896 Fog Signal Building – for the inspiration, education and the enjoyment of all generations to come.
The Reason The Light Will Always Be On
Visitors often ask “why do we still have lighthouses in this day and age of GPS, satellite navigation, maritime electronics and the like?” The best answer we can give is this amazing voicemail we received in March 2017 from a long time mariner that got home safely because of our light. We will ALWAYS have the light shining brightly – we’re a Lighthouse and that’s why we’re here!
Lighthouse Lecture Series this Saturday!
Saturday, November 16 at 4 p.m.
Jeanne Jackson will present “The Fascinating World of Fungi“ as part of the Lighthouse Lecture Series.
Mendonoma Sightings author Jeanne Jackson, joined by fungi foragers Hal Ferguson and Catherine Miller, will present a slideshow of edible and non-edible mushrooms that grow on the Mendonoma Coast. You will learn some of the basics of foraging, a fun activity for the entire family. This lecture will be perfect for beginning foragers.
Fungus has symbiotic relationships with various trees. You will learn which type of tree you might hope to find a particular type of mushroom, when the first mushrooms appear and what time of the year various edibles appear. If the first edible mushrooms have appeared in time for this presentation a tasting will be provided. Recipes for some of the most common edibles will also be shared.
A big Point Arena Lighthouse THANK YOU to everyone that made our 150th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner & Auction so successful! The sell out crowd of 100 guests enjoyed a fabulous meal featuring Grillmaster Extraordinaire Bob Shimon’s signature tri-tip and chicken thighs, delicious sides from Surf Market and Tom and Ann Birdsell, great refreshments from Gualala Supermarket and walked away with over 100 unique auction lots. Please visit our 150th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner & Auction thank you page to see all the people and businesses that made this event so special!
SFGATE puts the Keeper’s Apartment on its Top 10 Unique Vacation Rentals in the West!
SFGATE, the internet site of the San Francisco Chronicle, featured the Point Arena Lighthouse’s Keeper’s Apartment in its list of Top 10 Unique Vacation Rentals in the West. Check out ALL of our unique vacation cottages and come stay at the Lighthouse!
Luxury Lodging Comes to the Lighthouse Vacation Rentals!
The renovation of Assistant Keeper’s House 4 is complete, and this oceanfront showplace is now available for vacation rentals! This completely reimagined 3 bedroom, 2 bath home features gourmet chef’s kitchen, beautifully furnished living and dining rooms, custom tile baths, designer furniture and linens in all bedrooms, unique art and decorative features and more. Check out the “Over the Top” review on TripAdvisor from our first guests and the “Awesome Accomodations” review from a repeat guest! Call the Lighthouse at 877-725-4448 ext. 1 or 707-882-2809 ext. 1 for reservations, or make your reservations online.